Strike it Rich!!!

Discussion in 'Modular Layout Forum' started by MilesWestern, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    In the industural area of RICHmond, CA that is.

    I'm dappling into the world of N scale and building myself a Module about 2ft 6" square, but I need help with the track plan, It's Based on Richmond California's wharf, with the primary indusrty being petrochemicals and boxes, lots of boxes.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Take a look through the modular resources thread (first in the forum) to see if there are any small plans that might help you.

    I think with a small square like that, you will end up with an interpretation of the area, not a prototypical plan...

    If you haven't seen it already, Carl Arendt's micro layout site might be a good place to start:

  3. Lisap

    Lisap New Member

    I have just gotten started with model rail roading, all though I've wanted my own train since I was a kid(I'm a "bit" older now). I have three sons who all love trains which gave me a good excuse to buy trains. I have a "mix Bag" of trains all in HO scale and I started with a 4x4 layout, I include a switch track to no-where with buffers to make it easier to add on more.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Welcome to The Gauge Lisap!

    Do you have any pictures of your 4x4 layout? Or a track plan you might post?

  5. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    ARG! it appears that my thread has been HI-jacked! I knew I should have posted updates!

    Lisap, I still would like you to post your playout photos though!;)
  6. Lisap

    Lisap New Member

    I'm sorry I haven't responded till now but you know how these things go. I haven' taken any photos yet but I will post them as soon as I do. You could say my layout is a work is a work in progress, I have my track layed and am in the process of placing some buildings.some day I may be done but I am buying in bits and pieces.
  7. Lisap

    Lisap New Member

    :( PS on my post didn't mean to high jack your Thread , can I be forgiven since I'm new here?:cry:
  8. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Of course you're forgiven, I wasn't really using it anyway....because my module is on hold for now!

    You're welcome to post anywhere you feel like it! We're all warm and friendly here, don't feel bad, we all make mistakes, and this isn't a mistake!

    The Gauge is a fun, excellent place to gather information about nearly everything about railroads, I'm sure there's someone out there willing to answer any question that you may have.

    I have a question for you, though, why don't you spend some time and take some great pictures?

    You, in nearly all cases would be hard to find negitive criticsm on this site, it's all the sharing of OUR PERSONAL side of the hobby, don't forget that!

    :) Have fun and welcome to the guage! :)
  9. Lisap

    Lisap New Member

    Thanks for the welcome ,I am planning on taking some potos but I feel strange posting what I've got done but I will at some point (soon) post them. I have been taking pictures as I have been going,so I surpose I could send in an on going strand of pictures, I could call it the Continuing Saga of Lisa's Trains, don't know we'll see.:wave:
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Don't be shy about posting your layout photos. You could start a new thread with that title in the Photog. forum if you wish. There are a few threads that follow the development of layouts - some are several hundred posts long by now.

  11. babydot94513

    babydot94513 Member in training

    Try a google search for the Richmond Pacific railroad. They are a small shortline that handles the rail traffic in this region. You may also find something on the BNSF Richmond. This is the end of the line for BNSF on the Stockton Sub and the western-most terminous in Nor Cal.


  12. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    I looked on their offical site (richmond pacific) and there wasn't any info on their locos rolling stock, or operations. I did a google sattelite look and found (from space!) two sw1200rs's (I believe) a cabooose(!) working the area.

    When I drove past their switching area on the way to richmond's great train club, featured on the cover of MR a couple of years back, the "California Dreamin'" issue, I spotted a single unit idling there too.

    I suppose I'll have to do some railfanning.

    Does anyone have photo's of their units?
  13. babydot94513

    babydot94513 Member in training

    I have a photo of a converted tank car that is used for scrap metal, but not worthy of anything other than an odd-looking "thing". I did not know there was an official website, but could very well be.

    Best thing is to railfan in person and if you are up to it someday this spring or summer let me know.


  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Have you tried the fallen flags web site? Don't have the url offhand, but if you google it, I'm sure you'll find it.

  15. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    I found a goldmine of info about on the CenCalRails website.

    Here's what I found:

    Well, at least there's one railroad that still uses cabooses for switching!
    Here's an SW1200RS (why the RS?)...LOOk at that light package! Must be ex-sp!
    Looks like a local metal recycling company has got a switcher too!
    Rememers in post #1 that I mentioned petrochemicals..?
    ...and you thought that previous had a big light package! and a note: My dad and I drove over this darn crossing, and we're lucky we still had a working suspension! Yikes.

    well there's just a small snippet of the railroad.

    Here's it from space!

    if that doesn't work, look here!
  16. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Ok, I've started construction. I'm using foam board, like the kind you may use for poster projects as the base, and then I've laid the roadbed, and about to lay the track, My frriends and I use hot glue, is this a good idea?
  17. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Miles,

    I would not (personally) use hot glue. I find it too messy - but maybe that is just me. I can never get a nice thin even coat that stays sticky long enough, and if you glop it on, then it is not flat...

    I would use something like adhesive caulking spread nice and thin.

  18. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Wow, 2005. It's been a long time.

    Something new is afoot.. look in this thread soon.. ;)
  19. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member


    It's coming! :thumb:
  20. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    also,if you feel like it the TRAINPLAYER home page has hundreds of little layouts and MASSIVE club layouts that you can see on there site.some of these are very ingenious,although your plan you just posted is up there with the best of'um.good luck.--josh

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